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Norman WIP 3

Norman is continuing to shape up.  Not my actual cat, but the drawing, that is.  My cat is currently sitting on my printer, where he doesn’t belong.  I’d tell him to get down but…look at that face!! 😉

Anyway, I’ve gotten the nose, whiskers, cheeks and chin in place, and am working on the shoulder.  Since Norman’s fur is so stark white and deep black, it’s interesting trying to balance the values in this drawing.  The darks need to go further, and the whites are not as bright as my mind tries to tell me.  There’s a lot of shadow in those whites, and I need to keep going back to darken the shadows and keep it looking right.

On a side note, I’m having trouble getting my scanner to work, so I’ve had to settle for photographing the drawing.  I love my camera, don’t get me wrong, but it’s almost impossible to photograph a piece of white paper without getting a shadowy part of discoloration due to tricky lighting.  The details look a little gritty and harsh, unlike the original drawing…  So the photos aren’t the best, but you’ll see how the drawing is coming along, anyway.

Two updates in one post today. 🙂

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As you might have noticed, there’s a very firm cut-off point on the right.  I’m debating cropping the drawing down to a square format of 8×8 inches instead of the original 8×10.  I think it would be more dramatic that way.  And Norman is very, very dramatic.

Thank you for looking!

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2016 in All Artwork, Pen and Ink

 

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Norman WIP

Happy New Year!

It has been quite a while since I’ve had a pen and ink work-in-progress to share, so at last, here is something new.  I’ve been meaning to draw a cat in ink for years.  I’m a cat person, but tend to end up drawing dogs.  Oh, I love dogs, too…but there’s something about the quiet presence of cats that I find so soothing and comforting.

You’ve seen me draw Oliver…twice in fact.  Both times, it was in scratchboard.  I felt it was high time that I draw my other lovely housecat, Norman.  Norman has been my pal for a few years now.  He is a gorgeous tuxedo cat with such beautiful, perfect markings.  He’s stately and beautiful…and yet, he is a complete clown that makes me laugh all the time.  There’s something in his playful actions and wide-eyed expression that makes me think he is just slightly insane.  I love this guy! 🙂

Here is my reference photo of him.

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And here are the first three installments of this WIP.  I started with a pretty detailed graphite outline, and then began with the ink.

This is 8×10 inches in size, and I’m using Strathmore 500 Series Bristol Plate paper.  I’m using Sakura Pigma Micron pens for this.

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Thank you for looking!  I hope you’ll follow along in the progress of this drawing.

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2016 in All Artwork, Pen and Ink

 

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Oliver Scratchboard (Finished)

As the time flies by and Christmas gets closer, I have been brazenly spending some of my drawing time on this rather than the annual Christmas card.  However, that project is moving along too.  No peeking!  I’ll share it on Christmas Eve. 😉

In the meantime, I think my portrait of Oliver is finished.  I enjoyed trying to capture his likeness very much.  He’s been my friend for almost eleven years, and every day is a little brighter because he’s here with me.  Maybe I’m becoming a crazy cat lady, but I firmly believe that not all friends have to be human.

Oliver

– 5×7 inch Ampersand Scratchboard

– Tools used are a #11 X-Acto Knife, and a blunter scratchboard tool for the thick whiskers.  I also used a Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen for some corrections.

Click any of the images if you’d like to see them larger.

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A few close-ups.

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I hope you like this.  Thank you for following along!  I hope you’ll join me in my next work-in-progress. 🙂

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2014 in All Artwork, Scratchboard

 

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Oliver WIP 6

Here’s a bit more progress on Ollie.  Slow and steady, one scratch at a time, that’s the key.  I’m making my way down the neck, into all those luxurious layers of kitty fur. Even as I write this, my Oliver is “petting” my leg, jealous of the time I’m spending on the computer and not fawning over him.  Therefore, I will keep this brief and turn my attention back to him.  You’ve got to love pets. 🙂

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Thanks for looking!

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2014 in All Artwork, Scratchboard

 

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Oliver WIP 5

I’m still picking away at this drawing, and those stripes and flakes in the fur are keeping things interesting.  It’s nice to have the head mostly in place now, and I hope to keep at this despite several other art projects.

Thanks for following along as I go.  I hope you like this. 🙂

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Here is a close up of the fur textures.

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Posted by on October 28, 2014 in All Artwork, Scratchboard

 

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Kitty Sittin’ Pretty

It’s about time I post this sculpture; it’s been done for months!  I had it, along with the majority of my other artwork, on display at a local nursing home for a couple a months.  They have this large case which is available for people to bring in any collections of items so that the residents and the visitors of the nursing home have something fresh to look at every couple of months.  It was a pleasure to have my artwork there, but as usual, it is always good to get my work back home again. 🙂

This is my second cat wire sculpture.  Cats are tricky due to their delicate features, flexible shape, and fine-boned extremities.  This cat, sitting as it is, was difficult because of the curving spine and the big, round hip bones.  It was good to call this one complete.

Kitty Sittin’ Pretty

– Made with 17 gauge steel fencing wire, as well as finer craft wire for the whiskers and ears.

– Measures approximately 5 and 1/2 inches tall by 5 and 1/4 inches long by 2 and 1/2 inches wide.

Hope you like this!  Thanks for looking.

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Posted by on June 14, 2014 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Great-Great Grandma Georgia and Her Cat

For months now, I’ve had it mind to do a series of drawings from a collection of family snapshots that date back to the 1920s through the 1950s.  This amazing photo collection really gives a glimpse into the average daily life of my great and great-great grandparents and their families.  We even have a priceless casual photo of my great-great-great grandfather, James Ferris, who fought in the Civil War.  It’s a priceless collection, and I cherish these old photos.  The ordinariness of the collection of snapshots from this era add such personality and character to each face.  How can I stop at just looking?  I must turn this into a series of drawings!

So here is the first of what I hope are many drawings I plan to make from these photos.  This is my great-great grandmother, Georgia, sitting by a sunny window, with what seems to be a house cat.  If you’ve been following this blog for long, you know I am definitely a cat lady!  I just had to start with this image.

Great-Great Grandma Georgia with Her Cat

– 5×7 inches in size, drawn on Strathmore Artagain Tinted Paper.

– Drawn with Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens of varying grays and black.  I used mostly the brush tips for this drawing.  Once the ink was all in place, I added some touches of white charcoal to the brightest areas such as the curtain, cat, and other areas.

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I’ll also include the original photograph.  Sadly, the likeness in my drawing isn’t great…I hope the next drawings work out better.  I simplified that area in front of the cat, but I believe that blurry patch between the cat and Georgia’s shoulder is actually a kitten. 🙂

Georgia and Cat

Thank you for looking!

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2014 in All Artwork, Pen and Ink

 

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